High prices continue with low volumes of sheep and goats on offer

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction received 175 sheep and goats 
for the March 2 sale

Well-conditioned wool ewes attracted higher bids as replacement stock. The older ewes received lower bidding from the buyers. The quality ewes brought a price range from $1.11 to $1.19 per pound. The butchering ewes brought a price range from $0.90 to $0.91 per pound.

There were only three 232-pound rams for this sale. This group was made up of a Suffolk-cross ram and a Dorset-cross ram and a Cheviot-cross ram which brought $211.12 ($0.91 per pound) sold as a group.

Heavyweight lambs were represented by a 145-pound Rideau-cross lamb which brought $1.20 per pound. Five 115-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $1.54 per pound. A 115-pound Blackface lamb brought $1.46 per pound.

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The market lambs continued the higher price bidding, similar to the heavier lambs. Seven 105-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $1.92 per pound. A 110-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $1.62 per pound. Three 110-pound lambs brought $1.51 per pound.

Feeder lambs dominated this sale. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair lambs. The lower range indicated a price ranging from $1.64 to $1.88 per pound. The higher prices are in the price range from $1.90 to $2.13 per pound. There was no price differences between wool and hair lambs.

A good selection of lightweight lambs were delivered for this sale. The bidding was strong. Individual lambs received a little more extra attention by some buyers. A group of 19 78-pound Dorset-cross lambs brought $1.79 per pound. A couple of lambs sold in the range from $2.07 to $2.075 per pound. Then a few more 70-plus-pound lambs brought $2.29 per pound.

A 60-pound Dorset-cross lamb brought $2.075 per pound.

New-crop lambs arrived for this Easter sale. Eighteen 83-pound Dorset-cross lambs brought $2.21 per pound. Four 74-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $2.30 per pound. Five 78-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $2.30 per pound.

The goat doe classification was represented by a 125-pound Alpine-cross doe that brought $110 ($0.88 per pound). The goat buck classification was represented by a 110-pound Boer-cross buck which brought $1.47 per pound. Another 170-pound Boer-cross buck brought $1.09 per pound.

There was strong interest and demand for the goat kids. Once again, limited goat kids were delivered. Three 53-pound goat kids brought $2.08 per pound. A 40-pound Boer-cross goat kid brought $1.69 per pound.

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicates that all sheep and goat classifications increased with the preparation of the Easter season.

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